The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, and are a Union Territory of India. The territory's capital is the Andamanese town of Port Blair. The capital of Nicobar Islands is Car Nicobar also known as Malacca.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have a historical past as with number of invasions by the French, Dutch, Japanese and British and wars between settlers and the native tribes. The Cellular Jail, where hundreds of Indian revolutionaries were imprisoned during the Indian freedom struggle is still here and one of the main tourist attractions. Descendants of these prisoners and the local tribes of the area are the inhabitants of modern day Andaman and Nicobar.
With the spectacular scenery, white sandy beaches and swaying palms combine with monuments and museums, world-class diving, swimming and sun basking make its visit a unique and exhilarating experience. The tropical rain forests that loom close to the seashore are home to unique species of birds, and to tribes that still haven't learned to use fire. The other attractions are Baratang, Barren Island, Havelock Island, Mount Harriot, North Bay Island and Carbyns Cove Beach to name a few.
It is advisable to carry a few extra passport photographs and copies of your passport, as you would need to submit these to the authorities at Port Blair on arrival for your permit to visit the Island.
Season: October to May
Languages: Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, English, Nicobarese
STD Code: 03192 (Port Blair)
How to Reach
Air: Kolkata and Chennai are connected to Port Blair by flights.
Sea: Passenger ships are available to Port Blair from Kolkata and Chennai twice in a month and from Vishakhapatnam once in a month.